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korea. 85-year-old merrill newman was a careeran war veteran. today we learned he served in a secret armed forces group called the white tigers. abc 7 news reporter lillian kim has those details. lillian. >> merrill newman's role in the white tiger to train anti-communist guerrillas. this photo shows him posing with some of the members in south korea decades after the korean war. newman reportedly visited south korea twice in the past ten years. in his videotaped apology released by north korean state media friday night, newman accepts responsibility for helping anti-communist guerrillas. the guerrilla unit was called a regiment named after a north korean mountain where the guerrillas sought refuge. many are now questioning why newman went to north korea given his role during the korean war. one fellow white tiger believes newman went to do a favor for his former guerrillas. >> i think some of those people indicated they may have had relatives still living in north korea, and they probably asked him would he try to find those and maybe talk to those people and let them know what the
-old merrill newman was a careeran war veteran. today we learned he served in a secret armed forces group called the white tigers. abc 7 news reporter lillian kim has those details. lillian. >> merrill newman's role in the white tiger to train anti-communist guerrillas. this photo shows him posing with some of the members in south korea decades after the korean war. newman reportedly visited south korea twice in the past ten years. in his videotaped apology released by north korean state media friday night, newman accepts responsibility for helping anti-communist guerrillas. the guerrilla unit was called a regiment named after a north korean mountain where the guerrillas sought refuge. many are now questioning why newman went to north korea given his role during the korean war. one fellow white tiger believes newman went to do a favor for his former guerrillas. >> i think some of those people indicated they may have had relatives still living in north korea, and they probably asked him would he try to find those and maybe talk to those people and let them know what the condition of their
odyssey is over for merrill newman, back home with hisno carrierringring with the white tilers. for merrill newman the war was ancient history. for north korea, ever ready to fight american imperialists. merrill newman was an enemy of the state. the two countries never signed a peace treaty, are techniy at war and as such his release likely required the personal approval of the country's leader kim jong un. why he let merrill newman go now remains a mystery. >> after merrill newman is home and has a rest, we'll have more to say about his unusual and difficult journey. for now, though, we ask you to allow us time to be with him as a family. we ask that you not forget another american, kenneth bae. >> he sentenced to prison. caught spreading the word of christianity - viewed as a greater threat than a soldier merrill newman. >> what is interesting about the situation is something revealing about releasing merrill newman. if you look at the two people, a soldier and missionary. after all merrill newman was a soldier fighting in the korean war and was probably responsible for the d
>> hello, welcome to al jazeera america. i'm jonathan betz in new york. merrill newman is back on u.s. soil. the korean war veteran has his long-awaited homecoming after being detained in north korea. >> cheers greet french troops in the central african republic. >> finally as a family we are humbled by the messages of condolence and support that we receive from government and people of the world. >> the family of nelson mandela makes its first statement since his death as the memorial grows for the antiapartheid leader. power outages and a travel nightmare. wintry weather spreads across the u.s. >> tonight a u.s. veteran is home with his family after being held in north korea for more than a month. merrill newman arrived in the 85-year-old was accused of committing crimes while he served in the korean war. his family called merrill newman's time in north korean's hands, "a very difficult ord eel", >> melissa chan has the story. >> when merrill newman made the trip, he would not have known how difficult it would turn out. after weeks of detention he's in the u.s., looking healthy, w
korea is on his way back to the united states. merrill newman departed beijing airport about 15 minutes ago, headed for his home in san francisco. he'd been held in north korea since late october. officials said they released newman on humanitarian grounds and for apologising for crimes committed during the korean war. he spoke to reporters before leaving beijing. >> i'm glad to be coming home. >> melissa chan has more. >> great news that merrill newman has been freed. you can well imagine how distraught his family has been. he's missed thanksgiving, but will be home in time for the holidays. we hear that merrill newman was part of a special unit called the white tigers. military intelligence stole secrets - we didn't know about the group until the 1990s. so from the north korean perspective they consider merrill newman, even though he's advanced in age, a serious enemy. from the north korean perspective and because of their propaganda they believe they are in imminent danger from an attack by the united states, they never sooned a peace treaty with america and believe in the threat fro
is back home with his family after being held in north korea for more than a merrill newman arrives home today. his family called his time in north korea, "a difficult ordeal." melissa chan with that story. >> when merrill newman made the trip to remote north korea, he would not have known how much more difficult a journey it would turn out. after weeks in detention he's and with a simply message. >> it's been a great homecoming. i'm tired but happy to be with my family now. tha thank you for the support we got. we appreciate it. >> merrill newman was a soldier in the korean war. he was no ordinarily soldier. the north koreans released this concession video by merrill newman, admitting his association to the white tigers. for newman, the war was ancient history. at the ready to fight off american propaganda. the two countries are technically at war, not having signed a peace treaty, and require the personal approval of kim jong un. why they decided to let merrill newman go now is a mystery. >> i'll have a chance to get a rest. he'll have more to say about his unusual and difficult journe
newman. authorities arrested him october 26th. last week north korea released a video claiming newman apologized for climb krooims committed during the korean war. >> newman belonged to a secret military group and aided guerrillas during the war. no word when he is returning in the united states but he is leaving north korea. >> good evening. >> we'll talk about the weather. the next wave of weather was enough moisture and freezing air to turn mountain tops white with snow. here you can see that snow has accumulated today along highway 29 where the plows have been dispatched there is more still to come. the cold front moves south. north, highway 101 has been closed because of snow and estimated time so far on when it might reopen. and here you can see the plates that forms on a windshield. here is video sent to you report showing how some species thrive in this weather. a humming bird taking a very cold shower. take a look at what's happening now with spencer christian. a new winter storm alert just issued. >> snow levels down to 1500 feet. sheer look at live doppler seven hd. you can
for his release. the state department joining in. tonight merrill newman is home. you can see the crowd surrounding him as he landed in california. abc's aditi roy tonight, from los angeles. >> reporter: merrill newman is home and free. >> good morning. i'm delighted to be home. >> reporter: the 85-year-old grandfather is back on american soil. just in time for the holidays, after being detained for 42 days in north korea. the retired finance executive was in the country for a ten day sight seeing trip but was pulled from his flight home by government officials held for hostile acts he allegedly committed there 60 years ago in the korean war. he apologized in this video confession released by the north korean government. >> there is misleading information and propaganda. >> reporter: throughout his captivity his family in california has pleaded for his safe return. sending him medication for a heart condition. >> we just hope whatever that misunderstanding is, it will be resolved. very quickly. and that he can return and be at our table for the holidays. >> reporter: in the end, north k
in santa cruz. merrill newman landed at sfo yesterday to plenty of fanfare. here is lisa amin gulezian with more. [cheers and applause] >> reporter: merrill newman held on to the ones he missed most while being detained in north korea. after traveling some 24 hours, he's finally back in the bay area. >> it's been a great homecoming. i'm tired, but ready to be with my family. >> the 85-year-old was a man of few words while at san francisco international airport. >> what's the first thing you are going to do when you make it back through your door? >> i think probably take my shoes off. >> after leaving sfo the newman family came here to their second home in santa cruz. it's a house they have owned for decades. once inside they have been relaxing and spending time together. this is a photo taken of merrill and his wife leigh having lunch. they aren't returning to their primary residence in palo alto, where yellow ribbons were tied by neighbors as a symbol of merrill's safe return. vice president joe biden had this to say. >> there is a piece of good news. the dprk today released someone
.s. veteran is home in america, reunite with his family. in a moment we'll hear from merrill newman about his tourist trip that ended in detention. >> it will be cold. temperatures across the nation will stay below average. right now it's minus 14. it feels like we are minus 45 degrees. we have bone-chilling conditions across the northern area of the country. going down to the northern plains, temperatures subzero. we are at 1 degree in minneapolis. not much of a warm up is expected. there's advisories particularly for the wind chills through the dakotas. with the cold air we are expecting to see snow before day's end. >> meanwhile, a veteran held by north korea for weeks has returned to his family in california. north korea detained 85-year-old merrill newman, while he was visiting places where he fought in the corey an war. >> when merrill newman made the trip to north korea, he would not know how difficult it would turn out. after weeks in detention, he's back in the u.s., looking healthy, wife by his side, with a simple message. >> good home coming. i'm tired, but i'm here with my family
videotape, captive american tourist merrill newman is seen for the first time in nearly five weeks. reading from an awkwardly phrased text, newman, an 85-year-old retire finance executive from california appears to be apologizing for what he calls hostile acts against the communist north koreans. >> that in u.s. and western countries there is misleading information and propaganda about pprk. >> newman had been an infantry officer, a soldier like the troops memallized here. a life long dream was to return to the hand he fought as a young man. this time on a sightseeing tour. >> reporter: they told reuters that a half century ago he helped to coordinate some of the most daring missions of the korean war. a conflict the north koreans see as ongoing since no peace treaty was ever signed. newman was about to return home when a government official took him off the plane without explanation. the united states has no official diplomatic relations with north korea, but swedish embassy officials visited newman and said he's in good health. this weekend, as vice president biden prepares for a trip to
deportivo en el paÍs desde octubre, newman que visitÓ el paÍs como turista, fue deportado por razones humanitarias haciendo que newman habÍa presentado su verdadero arrepentimiento. en un mensaje enviado al presidente sudafricano, el pontÍfice elogiÓ el compromiso de mandela por la dignidad humana,la paz, la reconciliaciÓn y la verdad. mandela tambiÉn dejÓ su huella en nueva york, ciudad que visitÓ despuÉs de haber sido liberado de la cÁrcel sudafricana donde estuvo preso por 27 aÑos, vemos cÓmo en la gran manzana rindieron tributo a madiba y cÓmo fue la visita en 1990. >> ustedes saben quiÉn soy yo? yo soy un yanqui. decÍa a un repleto estadio de ese equipo, era nueva york en 1990 que se volcÓ a las calles a recibir a nelson mandela, hoy en el teatro apolo, en harlem, lugar en el que visitÓ entonces, se le recuerdan con flores y mensajes, hasta las naciones unidas izÓ su bandera a media asta. una ciudad que visitÓ tres meses despuÉs de haber sido liberado de 27 aÑos de encarcelamiento. >> habÍa un mensaje de gracias, Él le dice a nueva york, ustedes fueron
in north korea since october, is now on his way home. >> right now, merrill newman is on a flight to san francisco. seth dome reports from beijing. >> reporter: freedom after 43 days. merrill newman arrived at beijing's airport today after a flight from north korea. >> i'm very glad to be on my way home and i appreciate the tolerance that dprk government has given to me to be on my way. >> first thing, what would you like to do? >> go home and see my wife. >> reporter: at the newman family home in pasadena california his son said the family briefly spoke with him while he was in beijing. >> he's in excellent spirits and eager to be reunited with his family. >> reporter: newman, a u.s. special forces soldier during the korean war more than 60 years ago, had returned to north korea as a tourist in october. he sought closure, according to family members. when he was about to deport on october 26th, he was pulled off of a plane and detained. then, in november, newman appeared reading an apparently forced apology where he acknowledged alleged crimes against the north
. this is merrill newman - making a so-called apology over the weekend. >> catherine: the korean war vet said he was sorry for war crimes he committed. his friends and family say the apology was clearly scripted. and some experts say pressure from the white >> catherine: inside edition has releasedit shows him enjoying his 10-day tour of north korea - before he was detained. the swedish ambassador has now been allowed to meet with him and deliver his heart medication. he says newman appeared to be in good health. >> catherine: it's world aids day - and it's also the 25th anniversary of the 'first' worlds aids day. that's why there's a huge red ribbon on the white >> catherine: president obama is marking the occasion by announcing a new project to advance hiv research -- aimed at a cure. >> catherine: the president says the world has come a long way since 1988. this is an aids treatment center in china. a new study suggests that if fighting aids >> catherine: continues -- the world will reach "the beginning of the end of aids" as soon as 20-15. several 49ers swapped their helmets for santa hats t
veteran held captive by north korea for more than a month. merrill newman is back home with his family and he's speaking out about his time in captivity. let's bring in our pentagon correspondent bash ra farr. i understand a new statement has been released from mr. newman? >> absolutely. this statement from the elderly war veteran tells of his captors trying to intimidate him, but him finding ways around that. merrill newman is finally back home in california after more than a month in north korean captivity. >> what's the first thing you'll do? >> probably take my shoes off. i'm tired, but ready to be with my family now. >> reporter: in a remarkable news statement, newman himself explains why he think the the north koreans detained him, saying, quote, i've given considerable thought to this and have come to the conclusion that i just didn't understand that, for the north korean regime, the korean war isn't over, and that even innocent remarks about the war can cause big problems if you are a foreigner. newman says he requested for visit an area where korean partisans and anticommunist
, part of his asian tour offered newman home a flight home on air force two but he newman declined. >>> and sitting in a korean jail after more than a year in captivity. >>> and new video this morning appearing to show two men stealing parts from the porsch porsche's paul walker died in. one of those men 18-year-old jamison witty, posted these photos bragging about the grab. in jail on $20,000 bond. the other man is expected to turn himself in soon. >>> taking a live look at south pfrica where the loss of nelson mandela continuiecontinues. president obama along with president bush and clinton will head to africa for the funeral. mandela died thursday at the age of 95 after a long battle with a lung infection. >>> the grammy nominations are out. justin timberlake and rapper jay-z lead the pack. song of the year, and best new artist is this man. performs at last night's nominations. ♪ say i never failed ♪ >> ooh! 17-year-old newcomer and bruno mars nominations. the 56 awards show airs january 26th. >>> you dancing along? >> shows you how out of touch i am with the kids. >> not me
. the u.s. government has pleaded for pyongyang to set free merrill newman pictured on the right and kenneth bay. new man was snatched from a plane just minutes before he was to leave in october. for bae, he was arrested a year ago in november. the sister spoke to cnn's new day earlier delling us her family is now worried about his health. >> he's been in the hospital since august 5th. he's had some medical conditions pre-existent prior to north korea. he had diabetes. he had enlarged heart. hypertension and my understanding is while he was in labor camp, some of his injuries from before he had some back injuries and a radiating leg pain that had recurred during his hard labor because he was working in the field eight hours a day for six days. and i think his body -- and i think he has has some malnutrition, as well. had he lost 50 pounds during his 80 days of hard labor. >> his sister believes her brother's religious beliefs got him in trouble. kenneth was found guilty of crimes against north korea and sentenced to 15 years hard labor. and this as merrill newman has release aid
the detainment of palo alto war veteran merrill newman in north korea. biden arrived there today. the white house has already issued a formal request for newman's release. the 85-year-old was detained in late october after the end of a ten-day visit to north korea. over the weekend, north korean television aired a video of newman apologizing for crimes during the korean war. experts believe the statement was coerced. during the war, newman served in a top-secret army unit. nicknamed the white tigers. which trained anti-communist guerillas. >>> vice president biden will also visit south korea during his trip as well as china where he will meet with president xi jiping. the two will most likely discuss china's new claim over the east china sea and the threat it continues to make to countries who fly over that airspace. >>> violence is escalating in southern asia tonight. as anti-government protesters clash with police in thailand. at least four people have been killed there after three straight days of fighting in bangkok. nearly 30,000 people are protesting, determined to topple prime minister sin
, a national security council spokes woman urged north korea to let 85-year-old merrill newman return home to the united states. newman is a korean war veteran. he was detained in october as his tour group was leaving the communist country. over the weekend korean state media released this video of newman reading a handwritten, scripted apology for so-called crimes committed during the korean war. the u.s. is also pushing for the release of a second american, kenneth bae, who's been in prison since last year. bae's sister spoke to chris cuomo about the last time she heard from her brother. >> last time we've had any news of kenneth when my mother was visiting back in october so she was there from the 11th through the 14th and she got to visit him in the hospital and we haven't had any updates since and at that time, i think his condition had improved some because he had been hospitalized for several months but, you know, he has chronic conditions that require ongoing attention by his doctors at home which is why he needs to come home now. >> help us understand that a little bit. was he inj
the government. >>> 85-year-old merrill newman has been detained in north korea since october. those are your headlines stori stories. >> what difference will two or three additional dollars per hour make in the life of low-wage americans and their times and the economy as a whole? the debate surrounding raising the minimum wage is the inside story. >> hello, i'm ray suarez. the wheels of the american economy turned with the labor of low wage workers across this country. the dishwashers, retail sales people and healthcare providers who toil at the federal minimum wage haven't seen a pay raise in four years and efforts in congress to find one have stagnated. cities, states, and counties are taking it on themselves to bring their workers to income levels closer to the fiscal realities of these tough times. and it's no easy task. as much debate surrounds the effectiveness of image wage hikes and who really benefits. do these wage controls cost jobs? we'll discuss the issue on this addition of "inside story." but first this background. >> they deserve to live a good life in one of the richest cit
he appeared in a new video. the video shows 85-year-old merrill newman confessing to war crimes reading from an awkwardly phrased text. the first time he has been seen since he was detained five weeks ago. pulled off of a plane and no explanation. >> we just hope whatever that misunderstanding is will be resolved. >> swedish ambassador visited newman on saturday and told his family he's in good health. they are hoping to have him home before the new year. >> the ambassador also was able to relay the message that he's being treated by doctors. the food that he is being given is good, and he feels that they are treating him well. at least that's the message from him to the ambassador to his family. no telling if he was coerced or forced into reading this, and there's no telling if the message he's giving the ambassador is in front of some official. >> of course. he's 85 years old. the concern for if his health is very legitimate. he's not the only one held in north korea. another american citizen, kenneth bay. hope they get home soon. >> absolutely. >>> after two months of system
for more than a month. meryl newman is spending time at his home. this photo was provided by the santa cruz sentinal. newman who came back to the u.s. was kept in a comfortable hotel room and not a cell. he was well fed and he said that is not my english when asked about the apology he read from north korea more than a week ago. he said his wife is in control of his passport. >>> demonstrators outside the consulate in san francisco. many ukrainians believe an agreement with the european union will open the board with a trade and help to modernize the country. >>> a possible witness is helping in the search for a bay area family missing after their plane crashed in idaho. they were heading from oregon to montana when the pilot reported engine trouble. weekend storms hampered the search for gail smith and his family. a witness says he heard the plane bank and then drop. >>> firefighters cleaned up a huge mess in san francisco tonight. a large tree fell along pine street and blocking all three lanes. nobody was hurt. the tree did damage a pick up truck. >>> the 49ers played their last regular
the veteran mor captive for mor c than a month. meryl newman is spending time at his home. this photo was provided by the santa cruz sentinal. newman who came back to the u.s. was kept in a comfortable hotel room and not a cell. he was well fed and he said that is not my english when asked about the apology he read from north korea more than a week ago. he said his wife is in control of his passport. >>> demonstrators outside the consulate in san francisco. many ukrainians believe an agreement with the european union will open the board with a trade and help to modernize the country. >>> a possible witness is helping in the search for a bay area family missing after their plane crashed in idaho. they were heading from oregon to montana when the pilot reported engine trouble. weekend storms hampered the search for gail smith and his family. a witness says he heard the plane bank and then drop. >>> firefighters cleaned up a huge mess in san francisco tonight. a large tree fell along pine street and blocking all three lanes. nobody was hurt. the tree did damage a pick up truck. >>> the 4
in here tomorrow and we'll also talk about when >>> well, most people know laura newman as anne arundel county's executive but as a teenager, she was the victim of a rape that she says nearly destroyed her. in part because very few people actually believed her including police. well, tonight at 11:00, newman talks about her 20 year fight to find her rapist. >> i decided in that moment i would be his worst nightmare. hewould be e therfor every g arinevand ery trial and every case and i would follow him and make sure he stayed behind bars for the rest of his life. >> tonht at 11:00 only on wusa9 she talks about going from victim to advocate for other rape victims. >>> an investigation is underway tonight into a sky diving tragedy. >> yeah this happened during a group jump in allow, arizona. investigators say two sky divers slammed into one another and died. >> both of their canopies were open. and at the point they collided it's estimated they were about 200, 300 feet up in the air. we're told that both the canopies collapsed and then they both fell to the ground. >> a third sky diver was
awelcome to al jazeera americas agency says newman was deported for huma humanitarian reason. >>> south africa is planning a week of memorial services to hon ohonor nelson mandela who died t the age of 85. 100,000 people are expected:the date for the state funeral is being worked out. >>> major news in the economy a jump in construction and manufacturing jobs helped bring the unemployment rate down to 5%. the economy gained 200,000 new positions last month. >>> in mexico startling new developments about a cargo of stolen radioactive material. they havthey have arrested two . they are being treated for raid radiation poisoning. poisoning. ♪ ♪ >>> as the word continues to mourn the loss of nelson mandela, stories are emerging of how america was crucial in the fight against racial segregation. consider this what was america's role in helping break the power of apartheid ove overseas the secretary for african a affairs will join us. >>> new york's mayor elects one of the biggest supporters to head the nypd. >>> a new wave of violence hit bebengazi. >> what would it be like t
newman was freed on humanitarian reasons and because he apologized last week, p'yongyang released video of that video. north korean police arrested him for what they said were war crimes. he reportedly tried to contact members of the unit on his trip. no word yet when he will arrive back in the united states but left north korea. >> as the contribute united states continue to pour in tonight from around the world and n.praise of nelson mandela, details of the funeral have been released flowers and candles piled up outside of his home. sunday is a national day of prayer. tuesday, a memorial will be held. president eastbound yauma and former president bush will fly together to south africa. >> in spring 1985 students led a protest that will bring change to south africa. helped divestment against apartheid. >> a few students thought it's time for their university to follow. they did. so did other universities. these papers typed by students with a plan. the year was 1985. nancy skinner was the leader of the committee. >> student leaders and community leaders did initiatives. so there is th
newman receiving a warm welcome in san francisco and greeted by his son and wife. north korea gave no reason why they let him go but newman said he's grateful to be home. >> it's been a great homecoming and i'm tired but ready to go with my family. thank you all for the support we got. very much appreciate it. >>> all smiles. newman's family and the white house calling for the release of another american, kenneth bae. he's been held in north korea for over a year now. >>> a shaky weekend in central oklahoma. a magnitude 4.5 earthquake rattling towns near oklahoma city saturday. >> things fell off the wall. things fell off shelves. at first you don't know what's happening and then it sort of settles down and you can take inventory. >> luckily no other major damage or injuries reported. this quake comes just weeks after the two-year anniversary of the strongest earthquake ever reported in the state, a magnitude 5.6 back in 2011. >>> 60 survivors attend an anniversary of the attack on pearl harbor. a moment of silence was observed at 7:55 a.m., the minute the bombings began. >> it was
korea visited merrill newman, and he is in good health. he's accused of decades old war crimes and was seen on north korean television reading an apology. >> a highway pile-up in central massachusetts, totalling 65 cars and three tractor trailers. dozens were sent to hospital. bad weather and freezing weather was thought to have caused the accident. the highway reopened this afternoon. >> more on that massive weather system. let's go to rebecca with more on the system. certainly a bad scene there in massachusetts, probably more snow and rain on the way. >> friezing drizzle and light snow in parts of massachusetts, and parts of maine. we are seeing this in new york, update at central new york. we are going to see this diminish as we get into early monday morning, it's something we have to be worried about. otherwise the big story is focussing on the west where the winds gust up to 30-40 k/hr. wind warnings have been issued for large portions of the north-west, bill wyman, utah and colorado. wee look at the overpass in idaho. it's heading off to the east. boy, it's getting snowy.
. he says newman appears in good health. north korea says he committed war crimes decades ago. he was seen on television there yesterday reading an apology. >>> it's just after 11:00 a.m. monday morning in thailand and it was a bloody weekend there. four were killed. more than 100 hurt after protests erupted. the leader of those protests has called for a nationwide strike after meeting with the prime minister and demanding she resign. our scott hideler joins us from bangkok with more on this. scott, are we expecting more clark between police and protesters today? >> reporter: absolutely. now, we have been seeing a little bit of that. we are right by the prime minister's office, the government house, barricaded behind me. >> that's where we saw a lot of the most intention clark on sunday. we have had a little bit of that today, nothing like we saw yesterday. but it's a little bit early in the day. there have been about maybe two to 300 protesters that were just up at the barricade within the last 15 or 20 minutes. they started lobbing tear gas. i am wearing a helmet. they are goin
than a year, and merle newman. he is the 85-year-old korean war vet who was seized in october at the end of a tour of the country. he was seen on state television this past weekend delivering what appeared to pretty much every expert to be a forced apology. now, clearly neither his case nor that of kenneth bay are likely to be helped best the ongoing political in-fighting in north korea. listen to gordon chang again. >> it's clear that the political sensitivities in pyongyang have been heightened. nobody is going to want to make that decision because that decision can be criticized and and when people are being executed, everybody plays it safe. >> so as long as this fighting go on, the agony is likely to go on for the families. >> and longer term, how do we deal with this dictator? we really don't know him yet. >> the problem is here, simply, the unpredictability. there's political infighting that makes everybody grab for power wherever they can, makes its far more difficult for hour diplomats to know what to do next. >> jonathan, thank you. compounding all of this. north kor
ended ohio state's 24-game win streak. >>> and a smiling merrill newman is back home again in palo alto, california. the 85-year-old korean war veteran was freed by north korea after being detained there for more than a month. he arrived in san francisco saturday afternoon. the north koreans accused him of committing what they called hostile acts during the korean war. he was released after he made a public apology. >>> a memorial later today to honor actor paul walker at the site outside los angeles where the star of "the fast & furious" movies died in a violent car crash just over a week ago. thousands of people, fans and car enthusiasts are expected at the event. a group organizing the event says that one of the cars that walker drove in the films will be at the memorial. filming on the seventh installment of that series has been put on hold now. >>> and a charity race in the south pole with britain's prince harry is being scaled back due to harsh weather conditions. imagine that in the south pole. organizers now say they're suspending the competitive part of that trip. the trek itse
merrill newman, the 85-year-old north korean war vet, coming home, having been held for a month, over the weekend so he is free. but there is still another american held prisoner there, kenneth bae, the christian mission snaer, has been held for more than a year now in a country that is unstable. if there is a power struggle, makes it very difficult for diplomats to work out how to get him home. >> some serious discussion regarding that man, bae, on whether the worm, dennis rodman, might be able to facilitate such a deal. >> we can only hope that dennis rodman can bring his unmatched diplomatic skills here and make a difference. somehow i doubt it. >> kind of doubt it, too, but if there's a way to get him to focus on that sort of thing, it would be wonderful to get kenneth bae home. >> if dennis rodman can do it, all power to him. >> i've been following, and many of you have, too, this matter in ukraine. there's a very important country in the middle of a strategic -- in a strategic location where the government seems to want to be on the side of russia, and the people want to be sort
atlantic states later today. merrill newman arrived at san francisco airport yesterday after being held in north korea for several weeks. the 85-year-old korean war vet was touring the country when he was detained by north korean authorities. he says he is delighted to be home. ♪ >> jennifer of massachusetts nearly pulled off one of the world's biggest upset in bay route, lebanon placing third in the arabs got talent competition. not bad for a 23-year-old american who barely speaks any arabic. syrian das troupe cima took first prize. >> today's weather in a word, cold, arctic air has put the country in a deep-freeze, snow and icy rain could make it a mess as well. for most of us the cold and wet will continue for the next few days. >> i was riding -- >> osgood: hat, writer, director and actor ethan hawke. >> i just have been unavailable for the film career that i would have, that could have if that was my only focus. >> osgood: but,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, >> osgood: people across south africa and around the world as well are honoring nelson mandela. spontaneous and emotional outpourings as
of north korea. it's rare that i get to do this. but 85-year-old korean veteran merrill newman was released after being detained by north korea for over a month. he's now back home in california with his family. he just released a statement. quote, i have given considerable thought to this and have come to the conclusion that i just didn't understand that for the north korean regime, the korean war isn't over and that even innocent remarks about the war can cause big problems if you're a foreigner. what do you make of all this? >> well, i think it appears that he made some comments to people and the north koreans kind of went to town on it. i don't think they had any business holding him. i don't think they had any business detaining him for so many weeks. so i'm glad they let him go. but you know, these kinds of things happen and that's why people really ought to think very carefully about going to north korea. >> and having been to the dmz there, it is very obvious that north korea is very much -- not just north korea, south korea, too, they are still in war in all but action. >> oh, man,
of merrill newman told the press that he led a guerilla group in the korean war. it was one of the army's special forces units. veterans said it was hated and feared by north korea. merrill newman was pulled from an airliner six years ago after visiting north korea as a tour iment. >> an american man imprisoned in cuba is appealing for help. he was arrested in cuba whilst trying to set up an internet for the community. the only way he'll be released is with the president's help. the white house said it's trying to secure his relief. the president has engaged other figure to use their influence with cuba to promote the release. the cuban government made clear the importance that the united states places on his welfare. >> gross's wife said he lost a lot of weight and his hopes are fading. >>> according to research, for the first time in four decades a majority of americans say the u.s. is less powerful than it was a decade ago. 70% think the u.s. is less respected by other counties than in the past. moth of those polled 68% believe the u.s. military is the strongest in the world. u.s. an
in north korea for more than a month will finally be home. merrill newman arrived at beijing's airport last night hour after his release. now his relatives are at san francisco airport ready to welcome him back. he smoke with nbc at beijing's airport. >> appreciate the tolerance the dprk government has given to me to be on my way. >> reporter: how do you feel now? >> i feel good. >> his release coincides with haven't biden's trip to south korea. it's unclear what role if any the u.s. played in his release. >> in just a moment, the first statement from the family of any son mandela out a short time ago. >>> also, to tax or not to tax. what a recent supreme court decision could mean for how much you pay when you shop online. rs. i need more power. give me more power! [ mainframe ] located. ge deep-sea fuel technology. a 50,000-pound, ingeniously wired machine that optimizes raw data to help safely discover and maximize resources in extreme conditions. our current situation seems rather extreme. why can't we maximize our... ready. ♪ brilliant. let's get out of here. warp speed. ♪ so i dese
-armed nation. also worth remembering while merrill newman, an american korean war vet who was seized in north korea back in october was released this weekend and came home to california, kenneth bey, another american, is still being held. he is a christian missionary of course who has been held for more than one year now. any instability in north korea, of course, jon and jenna, makes it much harder for diplomats here to work to get kenneth bey home. jon: pretty string situation there. >> reporter: always is. jon: jonathan hunt. thank you. jenna: back at home, the disis grad former mayor of san diego is back in the spotlight. bob filner will be sentenced for sexually harassing women at campaign events or city hall. filner will probably not be serving prison time. because after plea deal he will get three months of home confinement, three years of probation and mandatory mental health treatment. 19 women accused him of inappropriate behavior during his time in office. jon: some silicon valley giants say the nsa went to far greater lengths to collect data on americans than they first thought. w
up efforts to get merril newman free, along with kenneth bay. as appeals for their immediate release, you have the vice president joe biden, planning to visit the demilitarized zone between japan and china in his trip. >> forget the madness at the balls for black friday. no, no, no, how about ordering your gift, viola, where a drone picks it up and delivers it smack dab to your front door a cool 30 minutes later. it sounds absolutely crazy, right? amazon wants this to become a reality. but hang on. there could be many, many issues with this. those details next. this is cnn. people don't have to think about where their electricity comes from. they flip the switch-- and the light comes on. it's our job to make sure that it does. using natural gas this power plant can produce enough energy for about 600,000 homes. generating electricity that's cleaner and reliable, with fewer emissions-- it matters. ♪ combinations of your favorite seafood from lobster to crab, shrimp and mussels in a savory broth. try one today, and sea food differently. now, try seven lunch choices at $7.99. sandwich
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